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Anti-Gay Leader's Wife Left Him for a Woman

Lone Star Q reports on Jonathan Saenz's transformation to 'homophobic firebrand'

(Newser) - Jonathan Saenz had been a nondescript conservative lobbyist in Texas—until he learned of his wife's lesbian relationship, Lone Star Q reports. After the revelation, he became one of his state's "most extreme" anti-gay voices, writes John Wright. Specifically, Saenz became president of the Texas Values group,... More »

'Most Expensive Divorce in History' Ordered

Russian tycoon has to pay ex-wife $4.5B

(Newser) - Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Russian oligarch so wealthy that his daughter Ekaterina bought New York City's most expensive apartment to use when she visits the city, is about to lose a huge chunk of his riches. After a six-year legal battle, a Swiss court has ordered the billionaire to give... More »

Sterling Admits Divorce, Calls Galpal 'Animal' in Bed

Oh, and he did 'nothing wrong' so won't pay fine

(Newser) - Donald Sterling has confirmed he and wife Shelly are indeed heading for divorce —but USA Today reports Shelly may be holding back the papers as leverage in the fight for her share of the LA Clippers. "I've destroyed her life," Sterling told CNN 's Anderson... More »

Pope Bends Divorce Rules for Woman: Reports

But Vatican says it's not a shift in church policy on taking communion

(Newser) - Word has it that the pope told a woman in Argentina it was OK to take communion, even though she was married to a man who'd been divorced. The reports have prompted questions about whether the Catholic Church is changing its teachings on the matter—but the Vatican says... More »

Putin Officially Single Again

Divorce with Lyudmila is final

(Newser) - Only a week ago, Vladimir Putin's official bio described him as a married man. Today, however, the bio has no more mention of his wife of three decades, Lyudmila, and a Kremlin spokesman confirms that their divorce is final, reports AFP . But that doesn't necessarily man he's... More »

Shacking Up Before Marriage Not a Ticket to Divorce

Study found age when you live together, married or not, matters most

(Newser) - In a study that throws conventional wisdom to the wind, a sociologist now says that shacking up before marriage isn't tied to divorce, in what is ostensibly good news for the two-thirds of marriages where cohabitation precedes the wedding day. Researchers and social commentators have proclaimed the existence of... More »

Judge to Lesbian Couple: No, You Can't Divorce

Judge says Alabama couple can't legally split

(Newser) - A lesbian couple is caught in a weird vortex of differing laws on gay marriage: They want to divorce but can't do so legally. Michelle Richmond and Kirsten Allysse Richmond got married in Iowa in 2012 but later moved to Alabama, which doesn't recognize same-sex marriage. Yesterday, a... More »

Millionaire to Ex-Wife: Stay as My Housekeeper

Mysteriously, she 'became aggressive,' court hears

(Newser) - A wealthy British man asked his ex-wife to stay on as his housekeeper after he moved another woman into the home they shared—and couldn't understand why the offer made his partner of 30 years "so aggressive," a court heard this week. The man, now in his... More »

Woman Sues Lawyers for Letting Her Divorce Hubby

Solicitors should have respected her Catholic faith, she says

(Newser) - A divorce means the end of marriage, right? Well, a British woman was apparently shocked to hear about this, the Independent reports. Jane Mulcahy even filed suit against her former lawyers for failing to explain the whole divorce thing. Mulcahy said they should have respected her Catholic faith and advised... More »

Merry, Er, Christmas: Spitzers Split

Their 'marital relationship' has come to an unshocking end

(Newser) - Almost five years after everyone expected Silda Wall Spitzer to dump Eliot, she finally got around to it: A day after the NY Post's gleeful report that the erstwhile Client No. 9 had a girlfriend , the couple announced their split in a Christmas Eve statement sure to warm the... More »

Wife Says Ex Ripped Off Their Tiger Charity

In divorce case, she says Save China's Tigers gave them lavish lifestyle

(Newser) - A prominent wildlife charity called Save China's Tigers did more than try to save tigers—it provided an endless source of cash for the founders' opulent lifestyle, according to allegations in a nasty divorce case. Li Quan says soon-to-be-ex Stuart Bray, a former Deutsche Bank executive, used deceptive accounting... More »

Guy Buys House Next to Ex, Flips Her 12-Foot Finger

In Michigan, revenge is a dish best served with gestures

(Newser) - Hell hath no fury like, well, like a guy with the means to buy the house next door to his ex-wife and the lover with whom she allegedly cheated, and it probably also doesn't have Alan Markovitz's vindictive creativity, either: Seems the Detroit-area man then had a 12-foot... More »

Rupert Keeps Fox; Wendi Gets Apartment

Murdoch divorce said to be almost finalized

(Newser) - As the Murdoch divorce approaches finalization, settlement details are emerging: Don't expect any changes to 21st Century Fox or News Corp, the Los Angeles Times reports. Rupert will keep both properties, as well as his Beverly Hills home and newly-acquired Moraga Vineyards, though New York will remain his primary... More »

Rabbis Accused in Kidnap, Torture Plot to Gain Divorces

FBI says their business forced husbands to agree to Orthodox breakups

(Newser) - It sounds like the premise of a bad movie or a worse joke: A Jewish husband won't agree to a divorce, so a couple of tough rabbis make him an offer he can't refuse. FBI agents arrested two rabbis today and accused them of plotting to kidnap and... More »

Judge Tells Divorcing Couple to Split House, Literally

It's a sign of tough financial times in Spain

(Newser) - These are no ordinary times in financially strapped Spain, and this is no ordinary divorce ruling as a result: A judge in Seville has ordered a couple to split their home—and she is not speaking figuratively, reports the Local . The judge says the couple should go on living at... More »

Best Buy CEO Unloads Big Stake ... to Pay for Divorce

Hubert Joly nets about $10M

(Newser) - Best Buy had to issue an unusual statement explaining exactly why its CEO just dumped 20% of his stake in the company: the business his fine; his marriage, not so much. Hubert Joly sold about 450,000 shares and netted $10 million, reports CNNMoney . "This sale reflects only one... More »

Divorced Men Should Pay for Wife's Eggs

If they split without kids, he should cover her fertility treatment: Op-ed

(Newser) - Welcome to the new wrinkle in divorce settlements: the wife's eggs. Sarah Elizabeth Richards lays out the increasingly common scenario in the New York Times today: Say a couple gets married with the intention of having kids but divorces years later without having done so, or without having as... More »

Zimmerman's Wife Blasts Him on TV

'I don't think that I ever really knew him at all,' she tells ABC News

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's wife Shellie isn't holding back now that she's filed for divorce . In an interview with ABC News that aired today, the 26-year-old says her soon-to-be ex-husband has a temper, is verbally abusive and "selfish," and was left feeling "invincible" after his acquittal.... More »

George Zimmerman's Wife Files for Divorce

ABC says Shellie Zimmerman has had it

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's wife acknowledged last week that her marriage was in trouble . And now we know that Shellie Zimmerman wasn't exaggerating: She has filed divorce papers, reports ABC News . Her lawyer confirms to AP that the six-year marriage is ending. Shellie, who still must serve 100 hours of... More »

Zimmerman's Wife: Marriage Is on the Rocks

George didn't show up for Shellie's sentencing

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is in the dog house with … well, about half of America, but you can now count wife Shellie among that half. In a wide-ranging interview, Shellie tells an ABC News freelancer that she and George are going through marital problems, and that she's "going to... More »

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